Concern over the rising number of child abductions across the nation, Harrisville United Methodist Church in the East Jackson District, has joined with the Harrisville Masonic Lodge to present a public safety event – the MS CHIP program.
“We feel it is the duty and mission of the church to raise our children in a safe and loving environment. We are charged with loving our children, raising them in a manner according to God’s plan, and protecting them against all evils” says the Rev. Larry Sappington, pastor of the church. “When the lodge came to us with this request, we saw that it could provide a valuable service to our community and we joined with them in this worthy endeavor.”
The Mississippi Child Identification Program (MS CHIP) is a comprehensive child recovery, identification and abduction awareness program. The mission of the MS CHIP program is to raise public awareness concerning the risk of abduction or exploitation that our children now face in today’s society.
This program offers parents, grandparents and legal guardians the ability to have a full set of color photographs, a complete set of fingerprints, a tooth print dental impression wafer, a DNA sample and other identifying distinguishing features of the child put into a digital media format and provided to the parents. The information taken at the event is compatible with the Amber Alert program. All of the identifying information collected at the event is given to the child’s family. No information is stored or kept by the church, the lodge or the MS CHIP program.
The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 21 in the Family Life Center of the church located at the intersection of Mississippi 469 and Mississippi 540 in Harrisville. The event is free of charge, and no appointment is necessary. The process will take about 10 to 15 minutes for each child.
For information, contact Sappington at 601-847-2289 or visit www.harrisvilleumc.com.